landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
It's being dubbed...no joke...#StripeTheBirthplace
Just checking, because I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. Have any of our graduated linebackers (Desmond Morgan, Joe Bolden, Ross Jenkins-Stone or James Ross) signed as free agents or been invited to an NFL camp? If not, are they out of luck, or does that sort of thing happen all the way through August?
In a flurry of enthusiasm spurred by the recent meaningless projections for a Top 5 finish, I tried to form my game watching strategy for this fall. I know it's way too early but whatever. I am unfortunately hamstrung by the current lack of info on TV coverage for the games, except Hawaii.
Do readers have any insight into which games are likely to appear on which networks this season?
(Programming notes: I have an antenna and Sling TV, but I really don't want to subscribe to cable just to get the B1G Network, and I am trying to figure out how many games I'm likely to miss. While I can go to a bar in a pinch, due to my rather alternative lifestyle, those trips must be few and far between.)
Putting this up so that people have a feel for what is going on elsewhere throughout the league (and at least one that is obvious to everyone here). This includes transers that are immediately eligible, those becoming eligible, and those that left. There are likely others, some that probably won't be of serious impact to these teams, and some that I just missed. But this gives a basic feel of new faces and old faces from around the conference.
To the B1G
John O'Korn - QB - Michigan by way of Houston - currently battling for the starting QB position. Has the athleticism but lacks the accuracy and decision making consistency that is desired in Harbaugh's west coast passing offense.
Richard Lagow - QB - Indiana by way of JUCO by way of Ok State - I don't know much about Lagow, though he was a highly sought after JUCO drop back passer. What I do know is that Indiana's current roster does not have a viable B1G starter, regardless of how often Zander Diamont's dad tells me otherwise. While Diamont looked slightly better in limited action last season, he still isn't good enough for Indiana's offense. Lagow has an opportunity to win the job immediately. Supposedly Diamont is getting reps at WR along with other QBs on the roster, and Danny Cameron may be the backup.
Trey Edmunds - RB - Maryland by way of Virginia Tech - Maryland returned capable RB Wes Brown but lost Brandon Ross (nearly 1000 yards last year). Edmunds is more of a bruising RB that showed flashes as a FR but never took off in Blacksburg. He will likely provide depth at the RB position for Maryland, who will also run the QB.
Jayme Thompson - DB - Indiana by way of JUCO by way of OSU - Jayme Thompson has been committed to just about everyone dating back to HS, but now he's at Indiana where he expects to be an upgrade for the Hoosiers at the safety position. Thompson is a bit more athletic than other members of the Indiana defensive backfield, and gives the Hoosiers some flexibility, but doesn't fix their defensie woes.
Malcolm Prdgeon - OT - OSU by way of JUCO - Pridgeon worked a bit at LT, but will be looekd at to fill in at RT this upcoming season if he can earn the starting spot. He didn't look great in spring, and doesn't have a ton of position flexibility (6'8" and 325 lbs), he was a highly sought after OL that really helps a position group that lost a lot of depth.
Tyrell Chavis - DT- PSU by way of JUCO - PSU lost a ton on the DL (all 4 starters), as well as their DC (Tennessee). Chavis was one of the top DL JUCO prospects in teh country, and he has an opportunity to step right in and start at the DT position for the PSU.
Kevin Williams - DT - MSU by way of Nebraska - Nebraska had some serious internal problems on DL last year. Collins didn't progress, Valentine did a little then left probably a year early. McMullen, a solid DE, quit football, and Nebraska's DL coach was fired. Williams, a 6th year senior, was projected to start but decided to transfer to essentially replace Knox at MSU, who didn't receive a 6th year. Williams was an above average DT for Nebraska that finally broke into the rotation more under the new coaching staff. He has had injury issues in the past and is undersized, but adds a DT that is a capable B1G starter to an MSU interior DL that lost some talent recently. He comes from an Over system and played both interior spots and I expect to start for the Spartans, at least early in the season.
Malachi Moore - DE - Rutgers by way of BC - Only played spot duty under Brown at BC, but flashed a little bit. He came in undersized, but can likely work his way into the rotation immediately at Rutgers, who has needed help along the DL across from the talented Hamilton.
Ross Taylor-Douglass - Skill position - Rutgers by way of Michigan - It's still not immediately clear where the former Wolverine will play for Rutgers, but with lots of holes at WR as well as in the DB, it seems as if the skilled player can at least find his way into the rotation somewhere.
Out of the B1G
Geno Lewis - WR- Oklahoma by way of PSU - Lewis looked like an emerging All-B1G WR his sophomore year, but production fell off as Chris Goodwin improved greatly and Hamilton kept up what he was doing. Lewis still has a lot of talent though, and is a blow to the depth of the PSU WR corp that is going more spread this year.
Austin Appleby - QB - Florida by way of Purdue - Appleby was a guy that everyone kept thinking could eventually take the reins of the QB position in West Lafayette, but never seemed to get over the hump. While his completion percentage improved quite a bit in 2015, he was still pretty well south of 60% and had a very low average. David Blough, a RS FR last year, had taken over because Appleby failed to improve enough last season. Still, it's a blow to a very thin depth chart.
Logan Tuley-Tillman - OT - Washington St by way of Michigan - Kicked off the Michigan team for off the field issues, LTT showed promise entering his RS Soph season. He would have likely been primed to slide into the LT position this season for the Wolverines and played a pivotal role as the 6th OL last season (allowing true FR Newsome to RS).
EDIT: Brian Cole - WR/S - Kentucky by way of Michigan - Started at WR, was injured, moved to Safety, was red shirted, and then kicked off the team for off field issues. Cole likely wouldn't have had a huge impact this season for Michigan, but depth at the safety position and experience for next season are a concern.